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  • Environmental challenges dictate need for South Asian peace

    Despite serious discord and disputes between the countries of South Asia, the concept of a common future of the region based on increasing cooperation among the people and governments has somehow survived because of strong geographical, economic and cultural factors.

  • America’s ‘Last Frontier’ is slowly becoming the ‘Lost Frontier’

    Nick-Named the “Last Frontier”, Alaska is the largest state (in area) of the United States. It is also one of the richest states, thanks to its abundance of natural resources, such as oil, natural gas, gold and fish. The state is home to a vast expanse of pristine wilderness, towering mountains, breathtaking glaciers and big game animals.

  • Is it time for a water tax in the apparel sector?

    Imagine if you had in your hands an extremely precious resource. While you have lots of this resource, you only have a finite amount—it won’t last forever.

  • Banning zoos, ‘rewilding’, and tackling climate change

    As a six-year-old obsessed and fascinated with the wild, I remember asking my mother once: “How do tigers protect the environment?”

  • Miscarriage on the rise: Effects of climate change in coastal Bangladesh

    Most people felt the temperature this summer was higher than previous years, and that it has become intolerable.

  • Why thorium is a safer nuclear option

    The picture is crystal clear. Human activity will soon drive the climate crisis all across our planet to the tipping point unless we rapidly transform the ways in which we produce and consume energy. While renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures can help dramatically cut emissions of greenhouse gases, they are not the panacea for the climate change related problems that we have created.

  • Ozone: An emerging air pollutant in Dhaka City

    The fact depicted by recent global surveys that Dhaka is the second most air-polluted capital city of the world is surely not delighting for anyone. Several sporadic scientific studies were carried out in the last 25 years to characterise the composition of air pollutants of Dhaka city.

  • Our oceans: The ultimate sump

    Today is “World Oceans Day,” a day observed worldwide to raise our awareness of the crucial role the oceans play in sustaining life on Earth. It is also a day to appreciate the beauty of the oceans that “brings eternal joy to the soul.”

  • Fighting climate change, building resilience

    As the cyclone Fani approached the Bangladeshi coast last month, many were reminded of the horrors that previous super cyclones left in their wake. In 1970, a cyclone of similar intensity killed half a million people.

  • Fusion: A safer nuclear option

    It is obvious that global efforts to combat climate change—that were agreed upon at the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris—have already gone off the rails.

  • We are on the verge of welcoming another world

    Perhaps, the Pakicetus had metamorphosed into Ambulocetus and then into whales only to be plucked out of their kingdom of waters centuries later.

  • How to save lives, before it’s too late

    Many of us today interpret economic development to mean installation of a metro rail system, grand openings of franchise fast-food chains, a steadfast rise of GDP rates, and all such vantage points of corporate success.

  • Urgent action vital to stop nature’s destruction and climate change

    The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ report on the global state of biodiversity is shocking but not entirely surprising. The question is, how much more evidence and repeated warnings will it take for governments, companies and financial institutions to wake up to the urgency and act?

  • Reducing the environmental impact of RMG industry

    On April 22, people in countries across the world took part in a global day of political and civic action for World Earth Day, an annual event dedicated to environmental protection, first celebrated in 1970.

  • Bangladesh Metro Rail

    Striking a balance between development and environment

    Just as a country’s development cannot be sustainable without a properly functioning democracy, development without environmental protection is also bound to fail. While Bangladesh is advancing with its various development projects at a fast pace...

  • Flood in Bangladesh.

    Neither necessary nor sufficient

    On the surface—from the philosophical (life and death) to physical (rainfall and flood)—these appear to be simple questions with causal connections.

  • We live, if our forests live

    Different organisa-tions working with forests and the environment have come up with different estimates of Bangladesh's total forest coverage. While the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change estimates that Bangladesh currently has 17 percent forestland,

  • Early flash floods in the haor region:  A new normal?

    Early flash floods in the haor region: A new normal?

    A flash flood in early April of 2017 devastated the boro crops in six haor districts that were worth Tk 13,000 crore (Kaler Kantha, July

  • Raising our children amidst poisonous air

    This is no city to raise your children in,” a friend was telling me the other day. “Either you leave the country or leave the city and go somewhere where your kids don't have to breathe poison.”

  • Reducing carbon footprint in the RMG sector

    Sustainabi-lity in the Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) industry is a subject that is never far from people's minds and occupies conversations with customers and industry partners.

  • Will Bengal tigers really disappear from the Sundarbans?

    Will Bengal tigers really disappear from the Sundarbans?

    We recently published an article titled “Combined effects of climate change and sea-level rise project dramatic habitat loss of the

  • Who will pull us out of the climate change conundrum?

    Every year since 1995, our leaders or their representatives met at the so-called Conference of Parties, debating climate change, global warming in particular.

  • Make cities greener, healthier and happier places to live in

    Against the backdrop of the ever-increasing rate of deforestation and encroachment in almost every country in the world including Bangladesh, every year since 2012, March 21 has been celebrated as International Day of Forests.

  • Delhi, most polluted city

    Legislate Clean Air Act before it's too late!

    Few months ago, Delhi had been declared as the most polluted city in the world. For most of us who breathed a sigh of relief, the breathing just got heavier.

  • World Air Quality Report, Greenpeace, AirVisual, air pollution

    Dhaka's toxic air: A major public health concern

    The electronic and press media in Bangladesh has recently been highlighting the findings of the 2018 World Air Quality Report published by Greenpeace and AirVisual. As per this report, Bangladesh has the most polluted air in the world, and Dhaka is the second most polluted capital city.

  • Rivers need more than a legal status

    Rivers are no longer just rivers bound only by the laws of nature. The High Court has recently given a verdict awarding the status of “living entities” to the country's rivers in a bid to protect them and raise awareness of their importance.

  • Haor development: From trade-offs to eco-friendly solutions

    The ecosystem of the haors and wetlands in the northeast region of Bangladesh—including the districts of Sunamganj, Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Netrokona, Kishoreganj

  • Welcome to the age of climate change

    Our planet is under tremendous stress. During the last week of January, major cities in the US Midwest and Northeast were colder than some regions in Antarctica.

  • Can the historic High Court judgement save our rivers?

    The High Court in Bangladesh delivered a historic judgement on February 3, declaring rivers as legal entity and assigning the National

  • Conserving wetlands to tackle climate change

    Every year on February 2, nations have been celebrating the World Wetlands Day since 1997. But unfortunately, despite national and international efforts, wetlands are still treated as revenue-generating machines or wastelands in many countries including Bangladesh.